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Noon smart lighting control may offer Nest-like polish

Noon smart lighting control may offer Nest-like polish

Looks like Hue, LIFX, and others will soon have some new smart lighting competition, with a former Nest exec preparing to launch a rival system of his own. Locoroll is the brainchild of Erik Charlton, formerly a member of the founding team at Nest and the company's head of business. It's been working for more than a year and a half on what appears to be smart dimmer switches for the connected home.

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The T-Mobile and Sprint merger terms are reportedly almost set

The T-Mobile and Sprint merger terms are reportedly almost set

T-Mobile and Sprint's on-again, off-again merger is near to terms being agreed, sources claim, though there's still some way to go before the four major carriers become three. The two networks have been potential suitors for several years now, though so far have failed to reach a conclusive deal that would see them merge. However, reports earlier this month claimed that it was once again a possibility.

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BlackBerry Krypton leaks as TCL prepares all-touch Android

BlackBerry Krypton leaks as TCL prepares all-touch Android

BlackBerry's resurgence at the hands of TCL continues, and though the KEYone has given physical keyboard fans something to tap at, there's also a full-touch device in the works. That's the phone currently known as the BlackBerry Krypton, though so far we've had little in the way of leaks or whispers about what it might look like. Still, that's changed with a sneaky pre-announcement photo that has emerged this week.

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Roku 4K HDR Streaming Stick tipped to undercut Apple TV 4K

Roku 4K HDR Streaming Stick tipped to undercut Apple TV 4K

Roku looks set to undercut Apple's new Apple TV 4K with some affordable Ultra HD of its own, with chatter of a new midrange streaming stick. The new adapter, the Roku Streaming Stick+ with 4K HDR, is said to be one of a number of set-top boxes and dongles that the company is working on for 2017, though that's not the only hardware in the pipeline. Indeed, the way you interact with your Roku looks to be getting a big change, too.

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Roku smart speaker plans tipped: Should Alexa be worried?

Roku smart speaker plans tipped: Should Alexa be worried?

You're nobody in tech if you don't have a smart speaker, and it seems Roku may be planning to enter the fray with a home companion of its own. The company is best known for its streaming media sticks and set-top boxes, easy ways to add services like Netflix, Amazon, and Showtime straight to your dumb TV. Now, though, it's looking like Roku wants to take on Amazon Alexa, Google Home, and the upcoming Apple HomePod.

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iPad Pro prices increase, but not for the reason you think

iPad Pro prices increase, but not for the reason you think

If you've been holding out on getting an iPad Pro, we've got some sour news for you: they just got a bit more expensive. A price hike has been made to both the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch varieties of iPad Pro with little acknowledgement from Apple. Beginning today, the 256GB and 512GB options for both models of iPad Pro will be $50 more expensive.

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Apple TV 4K gets powerful hardware for fifth generation release

Apple TV 4K gets powerful hardware for fifth generation release

Just one day before Apple is set to host its iPhone reveal event in California, we're getting more evidence for an Apple TV with beefed up hardware. References to this new Apple TV were found hiding in the leaked code for Apple's iOS 11 golden master, and those references actually tell us quite a bit about the device. Assuming all of this turns out to be true, we can expect Apple to reveal a much more powerful Apple TV as soon as tomorrow.

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Expect your iPhone X to have black bezels on the front

Expect your iPhone X to have black bezels on the front

Coming right after all the news and leaks in connection with the final version of iOS 11 this weekend, well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, of KGI Securities, has a new report that offers details on the color options for Apple's upcoming flagship iPhone — now expected to be called the "iPhone X." In short, while there will be multiple colors for the overall chassis/back of the device, users should only expect one on the front: black.

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iPhone 8 is iPhone X: Apple’s big secret spills

iPhone 8 is iPhone X: Apple’s big secret spills

What's in a name? When it's the much-discussed new iPhone flagship, the answer is "plenty"; there's been no shortage of speculation about what the upcoming "iPhone 8" will actually be called when Apple reveals it next week. So far the consensus has been on iPhone 8 being the company's name of choice, but a new leak courtesy of some judicious digging through the latest iOS 11 golden master (GM) build.

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iPhone 8 tipped to use sleep/wake button for activating Siri

iPhone 8 tipped to use sleep/wake button for activating Siri

We're just over a week away from Apple's September 12th media event, meaning we'll know all there is about the highly anticipated iPhone 8, a.k.a. iPhone Edition or iPhone X. In the meantime, we continue to see hints about how the smartphone will work with its edge-to-edge display and lack of a physical Home button. The latest is that the device's sleep/wake button, found on the right side, may be used for activating Siri.

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LG V30 price tip is a breath of fresh air

LG V30 price tip is a breath of fresh air

As expected, LG showed up to IFA 2017 with the V30, it's fall flagship, in hand. So far, the V30 looks like it could be a worthy successor to last year's excellent V20. Just one thing remains up in the air: how much is this thing going to cost? In the era of $1000 phones, it's a valid question, and thanks to an LG giveaway we may now have a price.

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Garmin Pay leaks as Vivoactive 3’s take on Apple Pay

Garmin Pay leaks as Vivoactive 3’s take on Apple Pay

Garmin's Vivoactive 3 smartwatch may have leaked already, but its only today that we're discovering its most unexpected feature. The fitness-tracking smartwatch was spotted earlier this month, with a circular face and the ability to flag notifications from your phone to your wrist. Now, we also know that it could replace your credit card.

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